DARK FANG #2. Image. Written by Miles Gunter. Art by Kelsey Shannon. Lettering by Taylor Esposito.
The second chapter of "Dark Fang" picks up where we left things in the debut issue, with an immortal vampire (Valla) who has a mysterious black spot on one of her fangs (a "dark fang" as it were...*thinking emoji*). As we learn, a vampire does not take these matters lightly -- if your teeth go, bad things happen to you even if you're an undying mistress of the night. And so Valla begins a quest to both discover why her lifeline is going dark and punish those responsible.
It's in this issue that we get into the meat of this series as a vampire with an environmental ax to grind begins her mystically-powered rampaging revenge tour. I thought the first issue was intriguing. But this one? Absolutely fun with the series shifting into another, higher gear. It's high concept (a Disney-esque princess rendered in an art style that is very bit evocative of the House of Mouse), but I'll be damned if it doesn't begin to seriously work in issue #2.
"Dark Fang" #2, from writer Miles Gunter, artist Kelsey Shannon and Image Comics, goes on sale Dec. 20.
RICK AND MORTY #32. Oni. Written by Pamela Ribon. Illustrated by Erica Hayes. Colored by Katy Farina. Lettered by Crank!.
"Rick and Morty" #32 is like when you have a cool teacher (regular series writer Kyle Starks and artists CJ Cannon and/or Marc Ellerby) who has to miss class (bummer!), and you're stuck worrying that the substitute (writer Pamela Ribon and illustrator Erica Hayes) might be lame, but it turns out that they're cool too, and really, you shouldn't have worried and/or played that tired-ass fake name trick.
Ribon's story -- hilariously titled "Summer's Eve" -- is a direct sequel to the first season episode "Raising Gazorpazorp" in which Summer receives a super femme Gazorpian spaceship. What does she do with it? What does it do with her? That's the story of "Rick and Morty" #32, and it is alternately funny, touching, weird, R-rated and totally creepy -- so, ya know, pretty much like the rest of the series. Ribon (the co-creator of Boom's "Slam" here making her second guest writing appearance for "Rick and Morty") has a real knack for the characters and, true to the franchise, gets in some great meta jokes.
Yeah, I should have known better than to worry the sub was going to be lame. (Promise you'll write?)
"Rick and Morty" #32, from writer Pamela Ribon, artists Erica Hayes, Katy Farina and Crank! and Oni Press, goes on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 29.
DARK ARK #3. AfterShock. Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Juan Doe. Lettering by Ryane Hill.
The monster ark's Noah stand-in Shrae begins "Dark Ark" #3 neck deep in a murder mystery and finishes it...well, in a whole mess o' trouble. To date, the series has been a brooding marriage of your best, most comprehensive mythology textbook and "The Love Boat," but in issue #3, writer/creator Cullen Bunn turns up the action, breaks off the knob and throws it into the nearest world-ending flood waters.
When the pivot comes in #3, the energy, tension and excitement follow with a quickness. The art -- especially the electric, nightmarish colors -- are as good as ever, but in this issue, Bunn impressively ratchets up the intensity to produce the best chapter of the young series. It's going to be interesting to see where the story -- and where Shrae himself given his predicament at the end of #3 -- goes next.
"Dark Ark" #3, from writer Cullen Bunn, artists Juan Doe and Ryane Hill and AfterShock Comics, goes on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 29....Read more